Mets’ right-hander Noah Syndergaard gave the Mets a scare on Friday night after exiting the Mets-Marlins game to examine his finger. It appeared to be the same finger that had been plaguing him for the last two weeks, when he first suffered a blood blister during his Opening Day start. Thankfully, the injury Syndergaard sustained on Friday was nothing more than a torn fingernail, and Mets’ manager Terry Collins told reporters that the 24-year-old ace should be good to go for his next start. Newsday’s Marc Craig adds that he’ll have two fake nails glued onto his pointer and middle fingers as well.
Aside from the finger issues, it’s been a fairly smooth start to the season for Syndergaard. There are no lingering signs of the elbow injuries he sustained in 2016, and he sailed through 13 innings with two runs and nine strikeouts prior to Friday’s appearance. He appeared to be in some discomfort during the game, however, and allowed six hits, two runs and struck out four batters over six innings and 87 pitches.
Syndergaard is working on the follow-up to an extraordinary campaign for the 2016 Mets, during which he turned in a 2.60 ERA, 2.1 BB/9, 10.7 SO/9 and career-best 6.5 fWAR. A torn fingernail isn’t a fun experience, no matter the circumstances, but there doesn’t appear to be any health issue standing in the way of the right-hander’s continued dominance this season.
Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base when he returns from the disabled list. Cabrera has been on the disabled list since June 13 with a sprained left thumb, but he’s expected to be activated on Friday.
Cabrera, 31, last played second base in 2014 with the Nationals. He has played shortstop exclusively as a Met the last two seasons. Jose Reyes would continue to play shortstop if the Mets were to go through with the position change. Cabrera would displace T.J. Rivera, who has been playing second base in place of the injured Neil Walker.
In 196 plate appearances this season, Cabrera is hitting .244/.321/.392 with six home runs and 20 RBI. He has made 11 defensive errors, which is tied for the third-most among shortstops behind Tim Anderson (16) and Dansby Swanson (12).
Brewers closer Corey Knebel set a modern major league record for relievers to start a season, as Thursday’s appearance marked his 38th consecutive appearance with a strikeout. He set down the side in order in the ninth inning, striking Josh Bell out to start the frame.
Aroldis Chapman held the record previously, recording a strikeout in his first 37 appearances of the season in 2014 with the Reds.
Knebel, 25, has flown under the radar despite having an incredibly good season. He moved into the closer’s role in mid-May when Neftali Feliz, now a free agent, struggled. After Thursday’s appearance, Knebel is 12-for-15 in save chances with a 0.96 ERA and a 65/17 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings.